WINNER / Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #02

Marguerite Humeau è la vincitrice della Seconda Edizione del Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize, Premio Internazionale per giovani artisti, dedicato alla fusione di sculture in bronzo.

Marguerite Humeau (France, 1986) is the winner of the second edition of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize, International Prize for young artists dedicated to bronze casting.

Marguerite Humeau wins a scholarship, an artist-residency in the historical Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, beginning at the end of November 2017, and an exhibition of the winning artwork produced during the residency. The exhibition will open in April 2018, during the next edition of Miart, Milan’s Contemporary Art Fair.

The theme of the second edition of the BFSP invited artists to re ect upon the responsibilities and awareness implied in casting a form – a value, or a content – for eternity. After a careful analysis of the nalists’ projects, selected by 10 international advisors, the Jury of the BFSP announced that the winner of the BFSP#02 is Marguerite Humeau (1986, France) with the project Riddles, selected for the artistic research and coherent re ection within this year’s theme.

The Jury considered "Riddles" the most coherent project to the theme of the BFSP#02 call: an in-depth analysis of the conservation properties of bronze, and the translation of such quality as a potential vehicle of contemporary values in the future. Humeau’s project combines a detailed historical research to a well-informed creation of a contemporary mythology. The digitalised initial model proposed by the artist furthermore creates an interesting dialogue with the use of the ancient technique of lost-wax bronze casting. The work was conceived within an ongoing exhibition project, which will see the collaboration of the artist with different cultural realities around the globe.

Riddles aims at discussing the ambiguous status of security protocoles in our contemporary securitarian era by looking at their origin in ancient histories and more speci cally in the gure of the sphinx. Mysterious bronze pieces were discovered by archeologists in the 61 human skeletons found at Site 117 in the Nile Valley, the earliest evidence of an organised massacre, that happened around 13000 years ago. Who killed those early hominids? Are the bronze pieces remnants of the talons of a vulture, or of a mythical sphinx who would have come to life and be a protagonist in this brutal scene?

Marguerite Humeau’s work stages the crossing of great distances in time and space, transitions between animal and mineral, and encounters between personal desires and natural forces.
The work explores the possibility of communication between worlds and the means by which knowledge is generated in the absence of evidence or through the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation. Marguerite Humeau weaves factual events into speculative narratives, therefore enabling unknown, invisible, or extinct forms of life to erupt in grandiose splendour. 

Combining prehistory, occult biology and science ction in a disconcerting spectacle – the works resuscitate the past, con ate subterranean and subcutaneous, all the while updating the quest genre for the information age.

The BFSP#02 Jury is composed by 6 professionals acting in six different internation Institutions operating in the contemporary arts, and a representing member of Fonderia Artistica Battaglia in the person of Camilla Bonzanigo (Culture and Development):

Martin Clark (Director of Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway), Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Curator at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway), Michelle Cotton (Director at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany), Alberto Salvadori (Curator of Established e Decades Sections at MIART, Milan, Italy), Thomas Thiel (Director of Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany), Moritz Wesseler (Director of Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany).

Fonderia Artistica Battaglia worked with 10 international advisors for the nal artists’ selection:

Alexandra Baudelot (Co-Director of Les Laboratoires D'aubervilliers, Aubervilliers, France), Eva Birkenstock (Director of Kunstverein Für Die Rheinlande And Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, and curator of the Performance Project at LISTE Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland), Giovanni Carmine (Director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland), Marie Cozette (Director of La Synagogue De Delme, Delme), Laura Mclean-Ferris (Curator at Swiss Institute of New York, New York, US), Simone Menegoi (Independent Curator and Art Critic, Milan, Italy), Mihnea Mircan (Independent Curator, Bruxelles, Belgium), Fabian Schöneich (Curator at Portikus, Frankfurt/Mainector, Germany), Chris Sharp (Independent Curator and Writer, Mexico City, Mexico), Roberta Tenconi (Curator at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy).

The nalists artists of the second edition of the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize are:

Haseeb Ahmed (1985, US), Jean-Marie Appriou (1986, FR), Eva Barto + Sophie Bonnet-Pourpet (1987, FR - 1988, FR), Kasia Fudakowski (1985, UK), Ector Garcia (1985, US), Than Hussein Clark (1981, US), Miriam Laura Leonardi (1985, CH) e Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli (1982, IT).

Marguerite Humeau / BIOGRAPHY

Marguerite Humeau is an artist based in London. She studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Royal College of Art, London, where she obtained her MA in Design Interactions in 2011. Her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Nottingham Contemporary, the High Line (New York), Manifesta11 (Zürich), Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin), TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Hayward Gallery (Touring Programme). Her work has been recognised internationally through various talks, awards and publications. She is visiting tutor in the MA Space and Communication at HEAD – Genève. 

Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, historical foundry established in 1913, is both founder and promoter of the Prize and, for the 2017-2018 edition will also have the support of Banca Generali, leading Italian reality in private banking, which is devoted to the promotion of original and unprecedented events.

Banca Generali

Banca Generali is not new to the art world. The rst Private Bank in Piazza Affari is distinguished in the nancial landscape for the sensitivity with which it proposes original and engaging cultural re ections. Since 2014 the company has hosted numerous projects in Milan's Piazza S. Alessandro, which have received great appreciation both from critics and audiences, such as Mario Arlati's "Power of Color" exhibitions, "Digital Wall" by Fabrizio Plessi , "Traces" by Indonesian street artist Farhan Siki and "Con dence" by Venice photographer and director Michele Alassio.


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